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Breathtaking views & easy access at 4,000ft.

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


Walker-In-the-Hills House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 1-6)

***** There is a 1-week minimum rental with an in-season (May - October) Saturday change-over. Children under 18 and pets are not allowed. There is an up-charge for more than 2 guests ($20/person/night), to a maximum of 6 guests. *****

This spectacular, 3,000 square foot, custom-built home with breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains, is 30 miles southwest of Asheville, North Carolina at an elevation of 4000 feet, in a secluded but easily accessible area with nearby streams and hiking trails. You will enjoy fabulous mountain views from every room, as well as when you are relaxing in the spacious hot tub, barbecuing and dining on the deck or sipping a cold drink while watching the colorful hummingbirds and songbirds.

You will be located only minutes away from many popular attractions such as the palatial Biltmore House and Gardens, Maggie Valley, Cherokee Indian Reservation & Casino, Blue Ridge Parkway, numerous championship golf courses, horseback riding, exciting white water rafting, llama trekking, snow skiing on Cataloochee Mountain, Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Railroad, gem mining and delightful craft and antique shopping and dining in Asheville, Waynesville and Dillsboro.

Both the gourmet and novice cook will appreciate the inviting kitchen with abundant wood cabinets, beautiful granite counters, convection oven, side by side refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, cookbooks and spice collection. Besides relaxing in the large, comfortable living room with a 100+ channel HD TV w/premium channels, wood burning fireplace, VCR and CD player, you may retreat to the loft to enjoy a good book from our lending library or write a letter or send a fax from the office. For folks that are Internet junkies, there is even high speed Internet access via cable modem for your laptop computer.

If you are especially fortunate to reside in the master suite, you will love the stone fireplace, flat-screen TV, panoramic mountain scenery, walk-in closet and easy access to the deck and hot tub adjoining the bedroom. The huge master bathroom boasts heated marble flooring, a large Jacuzzi bath, two sinks, separate shower and vanity area. Linens, drapes and wallpapers throughout the home are coordinated in the latest Laura Ashley and Waverly designer prints.

ACCESSIBILITY: Even though the house is three levels, you drive up to the house on the main level and there are no steps, you simply get out of your car, which is on a cement drive with a covered carport and walk into the house. The main level has the living area, kitchen, master bedroom and access to all the decking.

QUOTATIONS & BOOKINGS: In order for the owner to provide an accurate quotation, the following information is needed from the renter. The arrival and departure dates; the number of people in your party, including any guests, children or infants; the approximate age of all guests; if you would like to use the outdoor hot tub; an indication that you have reviewed our rental agreement and agree to its terms; a description of what you plan to do while you are in the area; if you qualify for any of our "specials".

Once the renter has provided the necessary information, the owner has provided a quotation and the renter has expressed an interest in renting, the owner will send a rental agreement via email. The renter will print and complete the agreement and send it to the owner, along with the appropriate deposit or payment, in the form of a check. See the section titled DEPOSITS & PAYMENTS. The renter has two days to confirm their intentions via email. If the renter indicates they will be sending the required payment, the reservation is held for seven days, allowing enough time for the rental agreement and deposit to be sent by mail. If the rental agreement and deposit are not received within the allotted seven days, the reservation is subject to cancellation.


-$100 discount on a one-week rental, to any returning guest as a way of saying thank you for coming back.

-$100 discount for reservations longer than one week

-$100 referral bonus to any former guest who refers a new guest. The new guest must say who referred them at the initial inquiry and the referral bonus is paid to the referring guest when the deposit is refunded to the new guest.

DEPOSITS & PAYMENTS: A $500 security/damage deposit is required to make a (one week) booking and will be returned within thirty days of departure, provided the home is left in its original excellent condition. Please note that for bookings longer than one week, a 50% deposit is required. The remaining balance, including all extra charges, the security deposit, taxes and fees is required one month prior to arrival. If a booking is made within the 45 days prior to arrival, the entire amount, including the deposit is due.

CANCELLATION POLICY - If a cancellation occurs during the time the owner has received the deposit, but prior to receiving the rental payment, the deposit will be forfeited, unless a new booking is secured and a successful rental is obtained. If a cancellation occurs after the owner has received the deposit and the rental payment, the entire rental amount is forfeited, unless a new booking is secured and a successful rental is obtained; however, the deposit will be refunded regardless.


The renter is encouraged to avail themselves of the various types of insurance that are offered through VRBO. See the section titled “Travel with confidence”.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

John McLellan
Member since: 1998
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About John McLellan

We purchased the land in the mid 70's and decided to build in 1998 and use it for vacationing and possible retirement. It was a labor of love and now we are enjoying it as much as we can.

John McLellan purchased this house in 1998

Why John McLellan chose Waynesville

We have several good friends who come to the area regularly and some who live here full time now.

What makes this house unique

It's easy to say, but not so easy to find; great view and easy access. Only 1.5 miles off the main road and paved all the way. You drive into a covered area and in three steps you ate standing at the door. Most people marvel at the quality of construction and attention to detail. Please visit the owner's website for lot's more information and photos.


based on 11 traveler reviews

Breathtaking views & easy access at 4,000ft.
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful Anniversary Week

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a wonderful week at "Hummingbirds Nest" for our anniversary. This well equipped home is everything as described and probably more. This modern, spacious and beautiful home has a wonderful view that stretches for miles. Each day had a different sunrise and sunset depending on the clouds. The home is centrally located so one could easily visit Asheville, Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock Highlands, Bryson City, Linville Gorge and Caverns or travel the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is also designed to stay in and relax reading on the large deck with just the sounds of nature and the activities of the hummingbirds. The owner was very active making sure all was in order. He responded in a timely manner regarding questions we had about the property. We would return without any hesitation. There was some nice restaurants just minutes away in Waynesville. I would encourage anyone who wishes to spend time in the mountains to consider "Hummingbird Heights" as a great destination.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I only had a chance to stay for a few days because that was all that was open at the time we were in the area. I can't say enough for this home. The views are breathtaking, the home is clean to a T and all you needs are met. You just can't ask for more. John, thanks for our stay and we hope to get back soon and stay longer. Dorothy and George

PS My husband loved video taping the hummingbirds feeding.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Our visit was great! The house is beautiful and well-equipped. The views are magnificent. For someone with mobility issues the house worked really well.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Rome, GA

Restful Bliss

  • 5 of 5

Hummingbird Heights (HH) was the perfect location to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We were looking for a home with a beautiful view where we could spend time together on the deck soaking in its beauty and reading good books. We especially enjoyed the entertaining hummingbirds, and marveled how close they would come to us. We were also looking for a home that would work for someone who uses a manual wheelchair, and HH level entry and open floor plan on the main level worked well. Also the master bedroom had lots of room around the bed making transferring from the chair to the bed easy. Getting into the master bathroom was a bit tricky, but my husband was able to jockey my wheelchair around to get in without hitting the door frame. Also, John went out of his way to make our stay easy and comfortable; in the master bathroom he installed a handheld shower head and bought a shower bench and a removable grab bar. I would recommend this property to people with disabilities who can also walk with assistance because there isn't enough room to get a wheelchair into the separate room where the commode is located, and the shower has a slightly raised door ledge that you will need to step over (it isn't a wheel-in shower). We are thrilled we have discovered a wonderful home that will meet my special needs, and we hope to return to its restful bliss again very soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Newberry SC

Unforgettable week

  • 5 of 5

I don't know what more can be said about Hummingbird heights than has already been said by all the previous guest to this beautiful home. This home was absolutely the best. Our goal for this vacation was to unwind from the stresses our our everyday life and reconnect with each other. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. From this great location we were able to walk awesome trails, ride horses in a National park, ride an old timey train, explore quaint small towns and eat at some really nice restaurants. We will return to this fine home, as so many guests in the past have done. The home, the view and the ambiance. It was truly all we could have asked for and more.

Frank and Cynthia, Newberry SC

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Lake Anna Va

Fantastic Sunrises

  • 5 of 5

Our first time,stayed 2 weeks.My artist wife is not a morning person but got up every morning to photograph each different sunrise. I see an oil painting in the works.She always said on vacation she wanted to stay in a place nicer than our own which is not easy but we did. Wow, the town of Waynesville and the local restaurants,the best.This is a 55+ vacation spot,no go carts or have to see the Balsam Mountain Inn at the top of the mountain 2 miles away and Now that is over the top,literally.John and Nancy have done an unbelievable job with this house, congratulations. I guess it would be best put in the words of a young man who came to work on the grounds while we were there.He said,"this is a million dollar view." 60 miles plus.While there pick up local author Ron Rash's murder mystery,"Serena",being made into a motion picture.It is set on Balsam Mountain where you are in the 1920ies and really helps you understand the area. Would definately come again

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Laurel Ridge
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Walker-In-the-Hills House Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Hot Tub fee / week $100 + Tax
Cleaning fee (minimum) $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

During our high season (late May - early November), our rentals have a one week minimum and run on a Saturday to Saturday schedule. The weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years also have a one week minimum, but we are flexible on when the week begins. However, if you see that the time you are interested in is only a few days away and is currently available, we may make an exception.

Our cleaning fee is based on the actual charge from the cleaning service. This is done to encourage renters to leave the house as clean as possible and to have the charge reflect the actual work required. The minimum cleaning fee is $100. Any additional charge will be reflected in the deposit refund.

The outdoor spa is not operational from December through April, due to potential extreme weather conditions and the possibility of freezing. We learned that lesson the hard way, to the tune of over $3,000!

The owner's rental agreement will override any other written or implied terms.

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Walker-In-the-Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Master bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , On lower level
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , On the main level
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , On the lower level
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In the loft
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , On the lower level
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Hot Tub or Jacuzzi, Gas BBQ

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